September 17, 2010
As nine pairs of scissors sliced through scarlet ribbon, a cheer went up on September 15 from hundreds of people who filled the gleaming halls and galleries and classrooms of the University of Chicago's Center in Beijing.
Elbow to elbow, they constituted a gathering you would not find elsewhere: faculty of many disciplines; undergraduates freshly arrived for a quarter of Civilizations Abroad; alumni from across Asia and the U.S.; ranking Chinese government officials and university presidents; deans; trustees; a battery of photographers and videographers; and even a string quartet, all stretching for a glimpse of the moment when the Center was ceremonially opened.
In truth, the work of the Center had been underway for weeks, and its distinctive approach to academic collaboration was already playing out in venues here and there throughout Beijing.
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